Musician selected to elite touring band
Cheryl Shirley of South Lake Tahoe has been selected for membership in the American Musical Ambassadors Band. The highly-select concert band, comprised of outstanding students from all over the United States, will tour several European countries for three weeks beginning July 1.
Shirley, the daughter of Bruce Chin and Mary Shirley, is a senior at South Tahoe High School and a member of the symphonic band. She has played the bass clarinet since the fourth grade and has been a member of several honor bands.
The purpose of the tour is to foster cultural and personal relationships between students of the United States and the people of Europe. AMA students, through their high standards of musical excellence and equally high standards of personal excellence, have served as representatives of American youth and as ambassadors of goodwill through the universal language of music.
The tour group will visit Amsterdam, Paris, Lucerne, Lugano, Milan, Verona, Venice, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Luxembourg City, Belgium, Germany, Winchester, Windsor, London and the historic beaches of Normandy. Highlights of the tour will include concerts in the concert halls and major parks of Europe and visits to many sites of musical and historical importance as well as tourist attractions.
The American Musical Ambassadors have taken more than 6,000 outstanding young musicians to Europe for 28 consecutive years. Conductors of the band are among the most prestigious band directors in the United States. Distinguished European conductors will serve as guest conductors throughout the tour.
The 2001 AMA conductor is Professor Jerry Junkin, director of bands at the University of Texas. He is also conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony and has served as guest conductor in 45 states and on five continents.
The tours are organized and directed y Professor Maxine Lefever, who was a member of Purdue University’s band faculty for 25 years. All counselors are experienced high school band directors.
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